In what could be one of my favorite moments of FOWA Miami 2009, Asa Raskin of Mozilla Labs presented Ubiquity to us.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ First a little bit aboutâˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ the Mozilla team.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Mozilla has 200 or so employees, and only 2 designers!âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ They have 1000 doing testing, doing things like localizing, they have 10,000 testing regular, and 100 million using the product.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ 1 person in the company to 1.2 million users.
Aza says he remembers reading a quote from one of his favorite books that said: Never have your warriors and scholars separate.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Same should be true for designers and coders.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ If you do, you have the people who don’t know what the computers can do and how hard computers are.
Mozilla labs a shared space for democratizing massively scaled innovation.
You can get order out of chaos:âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Chaordic (wikipedia, mozilla) means you push decision making to the nodes.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ You work around columns, with very little centralization. He says if you give people ownership, and give them responsibility in teams, is like being chaordic.
Leverage is how firefox is able to grow.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ So as designers we need to take advantage of leverage.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ To design is to inspire.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Work in the open, not in an office.
40% of the code comes from outside the company, so should the design
Chaord causes disruptive innovation, order does not.
He asks: What is the wii-mote of the browser?âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Meaning, what browser will make things incredibly simple for anyone to use.
5 directions in the next 5 years for the browser space and the web:
1.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Our interfaces treat people like objects and not like people.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ This will change!
2.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Ambient + No Cost interfaces
If you make a selection of some text that you don’t understand, and you open a new tab, you will be able to translate it.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Make one click actions, so if you click an address, you might want to map it.
3.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Real and Continuous
The web is coming out and to our devices.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ If the full experience on your computer could come to your phone it would be great.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ This is Mozilla Weave, so the last tab you looked out on your PC is already on your phone waiting for you when you turn it on.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Your gps already knows where you want to go from what you entered in your pc etc.
4.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Tabs 2.0
Tabs suck for browsing.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Most people have 11 open.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ You cannot view 2 at the same time.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ You don’t have sets of things you can do at a time, you cannot save tabs.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ In the next 5 years, there will be tabs 2.0.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ As the web becomes more of an OS we will spend more time in tabs.
5.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Functionality without borders
The web is disconnected, and information is far apart.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ If I wanted to email a restaurant location to a friend I cannot even add a map.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ All I can do is just say meet me here, with no map, only a link to a map.
You should have whatever information you need at any time.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ You are in mail, and you select map this, and insert this into email and it is done.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Select text on a web page in Japanese, and say translate this and it will translate it.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Anywhere you go you always have access to the functionality you need.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ It is all about services.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ This is the largest direction the web goes.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ You can stand on the shoulders of giants and make awesome applications in a day.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ What if you could make the functionality and bring it with you, taking it a step further.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ You wouldn’t have to clutter up your screen.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ FUNCTIONALITY WITHOUT BORDERS, you end up bringing things to you instead of having to go there.
We will move away from destination sites and people having to go places.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ We will make the functionality come to us.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ labs.mozilla.com